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Party in Belo: How child sponsorship succeeds

I recently visited one of our remote field locations in Ethiopia. It was a celebration, really. After 13 years working in the community of Belo with our child sponsorship program, Food for the Hungry (FH) evaluated that people of Belo were no longer living in extreme poverty. New standards for health and education had been […]

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Life: A seamless garment

The French philosopher, Voltaire, wrote: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Atrocities are atrocious, because they violate what the Declaration of Independence describes as the human right to life. We usually think of atrocities as acts of commission. They are bad things that people do to other people. The […]

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Care groups help save children

My guest blogger today is Alex Mwaura, communications specialist for Food for the Hungry reporting on FH’s work in Africa. Alex recently visited Burundi and shares his experience during a care group training where mothers’ learned to care for their infants.   The sound of rain on iron roofing sheets drowned out the voice of […]

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Girls sleeping under mosquito net

Malaria: Big problem, some simple solutions

I love how simple actions can prevent big hairy problems… like malaria. According to the World Health Organization, malaria claims the lives of 660,000 people annually; most of those deaths are babies in Africa. Today is World Malaria Day, when we remember that half of the world’s population lives in areas at risk of malaria transmission. […]

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The purpose of the poor

We are all familiar, to some extent, with the plight of the materially poor. However, in the grand scheme of things—do the poor have a positive purpose? According to a respected colleague from Kenya, who is a committed Christian and a successful businessman, the purpose of the poor is the elevation of all humanity. He came to […]

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Give parents hope for their children

My son, Alexander, age 4, is having a medical procedure done to repair a tight-tongue. While this is a minor surgery, I’m afraid for him. Even though my little boy will be operated on by a highly-trained doctor in a world-class medical facility, I don’t want to see my son in pain. But my family […]

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Men installing solar panel on school roof

Let there be [solar] light

I never, ever thought to thank God for a light bulb. But for some students in Food for the Hungry’s Burundi program, a simple solar-powered light fixture is their key to a brighter future. Gerard is a sixth-grader in Mufumya, a small town in Burundi. Sundown comes before 6:30 p.m. on any day of the […]

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Boston bombing: Will you help or hide?

If we needed more evidence that we live and work in a broken world, the Boston marathon bombing was a rude reminder. Food for the Hungry (FH) is called to serve the most vulnerable of this world. Doing so by definition takes us into parts of the world where senseless death and destruction are regular occurrences. […]

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What to do with extra crops…

Foreign aid, though a small portion of the U.S. federal budget, is one of the most cost-effective tools of foreign diplomacy. As I have traveled to see Food for the Hungry projects accomplished through the financial support of the U.S. government, I’ve been inspired to see the signs that proclaim: “From the American people.” Public […]

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Yubo's Garden in Kenya

What happens when women lead?

Women in developing countries often aren’t thought of as leaders. Food for the Hungry (FH) helps communities reverse that thinking. An example of a woman becoming  a leader is Yubo Boru, a 35-year-old mother of four children living in Kenya. Rather than going to school when she was a girl, Yubo would carry as much water as she […]

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